Re-figuring Gilbert the Drone

  • Mads Bødker
  • Stefan Olavi Olofsson
  • Torkil Clemmensen
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 543)


In the paper we offer a story of re-figuring a consumer drone as a way of “living with monsters”. If drones are “monstrous”, what potentials might lie in re-framing them as more benign, civic, or even perhaps enchanted? Based on a field study of work at a makerspace, we present re-figuring as a process of reflecting, interacting and imagining the function of a drone, using gradually developing intuitions as well as an emergent felt ‘sense’ of the drone in practice. Using an analytic trajectory broadly based on philosophies of affect, we suggest how felt relations to technology can potentially become further involved in a critical move towards re-figuring “monstrous” technologies.


Drones Re-figuring Design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mads Bødker
    • 1
  • Stefan Olavi Olofsson
    • 2
  • Torkil Clemmensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Copenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark
  2. 2.FrederiksbergDenmark

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